Hizon is running for the gubernatorial post this May 2019 elections. Canlas also presented “so-called” evidence to prove the alleged vote-buying act, which included stubs he personally collected from residents of the said barangay when Hizon campaigned there at around 5 p.m. last April 11.
Canlas, a lawyer by profession, also has signed affidavits of six residents and Barangay Captain Jovito Bulanadi, attesting that Hizon distributed stubs bearing his name and photograph, which were exchanged for a piece of chicken.
Canlas said he personally took a video and photographs of the Bitas incident.
The Omnibus Election Code penalizes vote-buying by disqualification to run for public office.
Meanwhile, Hizon said: “I cannot make any comment on the alleged votebuying incident simply because I have not received a formal complaint.”